Mar Roxas tells YES!: "Si Korina lang ang nagpatigil ng pagkabinata ko."

The August 2009 cover of YES! Magazine with Senator Mar Roxas and fianceé Korina Sanchez and Mommy Dionisia Pacquiao on the main cover.


He is 52. She is 45. It almost seemed like it was never going to happen, but after five years of being in a relationship, Korina Sanchez and Senator Mar Roxashave finally decided to take that much-awaited walk down the aisle together. They sit down with YES!magazine for a joint interview this August, sharing their love story and their plans for the future.

Mar says, "Mahal ko si Korina. Limang taon na kaming nagsasama, at marami pa kaming pangarap para sa isa't isa. Nagkakaintindihan kami. Matibay ang aming samahan. Nagmamahalan kami and we are in a very good place right now." After all his years of bachelorhood, he says, "Si Korina lang ang napatigil sa pagkabinata ko... Si Korina lang naman ang napag-isipan kong pakasalan."

The proposal happened sans fanfare, as Korina says, "I really don't think it was the emotion of the moment that pushed us, because I'm happy with Mar... He asked me, and I think it doesn't only feel right, I think it is the right thing to do." She points out further, "When you're older, you know that it's not about the wedding, right? I mean, it's the marriage-that's what you're looking at."

As they prepare for the wedding that is said to be happening sometime in October, they reveal that they have not decided on their principal sponsors yet. But one thing is for sure: the bride will walk down the aisle wearing a Pepito Albert gown. Korina tells YES!, "Pepito is thinking of a very simple gown. I mean, I'm past forty, come on! It's not like it's going to be a coming-out party or like Princess Diana. So it will be simple, and I think the theme will be Filipino."

The couple gamely poses for the YES! camera in Bahay na Puti, the ancestral home of Mar's maternal grandparents, Amado and Ester Araneta, and shares photos of their pamamanhikan. Mommy Dionisia also graces the cover of YES! this August, as she opens her GenSan home and talks to YES! about her once-difficult life.

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